Hybrid Cars: Going Green and Saving Gas

March 9, 2012










The fact that hybrid cars are somehow more expensive than conventional cars makes people forget the efficiency of hybrids in general. In fact, the initial cost of a hybrid car is soon paid off by the fuel efficiency of the car on the long term. Hybrids are conceived to use less fuel whether that fuel is diesel, gasoline or ethanol. In fact, the very essence of a hybrid and the very purpose of a hybrid are to reduce fuel consumption and thus the impact on the environment.

How Does It Save Gas?

The hybrid car requires two power trains in order to propel the car. The point is to use the less powerful, but non-pollutant and energy-saving electrical motor when the driving conditions do not require exceptional power. The electric engine uses the electricity stored in the batteries thus saving a lot of your gas consumption. This is how the hybrid usually saves gas:

  • The gasoline engine turns off at red lights and when coasting or idling, diminishing the amount of gas used to propel the car.
  • The electric engine takes over in low-powered traffic situations and thus it reduces the fuel consumption.
  • The brake momentum energy is stored by a generator and used to power the batteries of the electric engine.
  • The electric engine provides full power right from the start without having to accelerate and consume fuel in order to reach a certain power level.

Things to Know About Hybrid Cars and Fuel Efficiency

The hybrid car is saving gas by definition. The simple fact that it has an electric engine that supplies part of the driving force is enough for the hybrid to be considered a fuel-efficient car. Naturally, hybrids can save more or less fuel depending on the type of technology they are using and your driving habits.

Saving Money

Fuel can be measured in gallons, but it can also measured in money. Some fuels are more expensive than others are and also prices are different from country to country and even from to neighborhood.

Some cars are full hybrids and others are mild hybrids. The full hybrid vehicles use mainly the electric engine and they are not as powerful but they are definitely consuming a lot less fuel. Mild hybrids use less the electric engine and they are not as fuel efficient as full hybrids but they are still more efficient than conventional cars. No matter how you look at it, hybrid cars are cost saving solutions when it comes to conventional and even alternative fuels.



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